Understanding Sexual & Relational Diversity for Clinicians – Nov 16

When: November 16, 2018; 9 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Philip RUSH Center  1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307

Cost: $80 Early Registration for 4 CE workshop registration until October 31, 2018

    $110 after Sept 30 ($40 for students with valid student ID**)

Register before Oct 31, 2018 for discount

Presenters: Rachel Anne Kieran, PsyD and Amanda Wolfe, PhD

How do you provide ethical and competent clinical services when your client’s love life looks very different from yours?
What do you know about consensual non-monogamy, ethical power exchange, kink, bondage, swinging, or others? What assumptions do you hold?

Despite efforts to maintain non-judgmental attitudes, most mental health professionals know so little about the vast spectrum of sexual and relational diversity that their responses to clients who share their sexual and affectional experiences with them can range from off-putting surprise to a disapproval that has anecdotally even done damage to clients, and created barriers to future treatment.

We hope to prevent these experiences by educating mental health professionals in the areas of sexual and relational diversity – specifically alternative relationship structures (consensual power dynamics and/or non-monogamy), considerations of the varieties of relational attraction, sexual orientations and identities. Presenters have been selected from professionals with experience in treating these populations, and who are engaged in ongoing related research. This workshop will provide a total of four CEs* (pending approval from GPA, NASWGA, LPCAGA, GAMFT).

      • 8:00am – Setup (staff, sponsors and volunteers.)
      • 8:30am – 9:00am- Check- In
      • 8:55am – Welcome from REF – Scarlett Ross
      • 9:00am – 10:30am – Session 1
      • 10:30am – 10:45 am – Break
      • 10:45am – 12:15 pm – Session 2
      • 12:15 am – 12:30pm – Break
      • 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Session 3
      • 1:30pm – 2:00pm Collect CE documentation, networking

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    *CEs approved for: GPA, SWs, LPCs, LMFTs


Rachel Anne Kieran, PsyD

An Atlanta-area therapist with knowledge and experience in the areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity. Providing individual therapy that is LGBTQIQ-affirmitive, sex-positive, polyamory-friendly and kink-knowledgeable. In addition to therapy services, I often provide talks and lectures on a variety of topics, most often on sexual, gender and relational diversity. These may be to other mental health professionals, or to the public. Licensed as a psychologist in the State of Georgia, I have been providing therapy services for over fifteen years, and have been in private practice for ten. I consider my practice open and accepting to all, and have a particular emphasis on the importance of multiple identities in the lives of my patients. This includes knowledge and experience in areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity including sexual and affectional identity/orientation, transgender issues, queer theory, BDSM and kink, polyamory and other non-monogamies.

Amanda Wolfe, PhD

Amanda Wolfe, PhD, LPC, NCC, is an educator, presenter, and licensed professional counselor. Dr. Wolfe received her Masters degree in Counseling and her PhD in Counselor Education from Georgia State University. Further, she has worked with various community agencies to provide care to diverse clients. Dr. Wolfe is currently a full-time lecturer at Kennesaw State University in the department of Psychology and teaches in the CACREP counseling programs at Georgia State University and Argosy University. Her specialty is Human Sexuality and she has worked as a sexual educator for over 10 years. She has taught on sexually related topics at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as programs for children and teens, and workshops for adults.

  • Refund Policy:Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the event will incur a $25.00 Administrative fee.
    Cancellations within 48 Hours of the event will not be refunded.**  Students can E-Mail us for the Process to register and Receive the special rate.
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